Compaq shines in supercomputer contract

Compaq shines in supercomputer contract

The Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing (APAC) has terminated a $10 million supercomputer contract with Sun Microsystems. The research organisation chose Compaq instead after Sun's high-end servers failed acceptance tests.

Under the three-year deal, Compaq will supply APAC with a 480-processor AlphaServer SC system that, when fully installed, will rank among the most powerful systems in the country.

APAC's decision to use Compaq came after an earlier plan to use Sun servers was reversed because the systems failed to meet acceptable standards for the project, said John O'Callaghan, the Canberra-based executive director of APAC, in an e-mail.

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